OIG Issues Fraud Alert Targeting Pharma Speaker Programs

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) earlier this month issued a fraud alert targeting speaker programs hosted by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The watchdog agency’s alert points to fraud and abuse risks associated with the payment, solicitation or receipt of remuneration relating to these programs. These programs…

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Failure to Adhere to Incident-to Rules Can be Costly

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The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that two physicians and their family medicine practices located in Tennessee will pay $341,690 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly charging Medicare for services rendered by nurse practitioners at the higher reimbursement rate for physician services. The providers are alleged to have…

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